i think there is a tendency to look at "outgroup" behaviors (e.g. taking the lane) as risky more due to social (and evolutionary) programming than due to objective risk calculation.
Many of the cyclist I know are fearless in regards to downhill thrills. But I hear many stories about guys that: "use to ride with the group... then one day when barreling down this hill...... ". Then the injury report starts. Hills require technical skills... as I guess many things do. I try to not out-ride my skill levels. The problem is... I am not sure how honest I am with myself about how skillful my cycling abilities are. And with progressing age... my strength doesn't seem to be a predictably solid as it once was ether.
It often takes many years to learn this. Keep the rubberside down, Dave!I try to not out-ride my skill levels.
The MD law is fairly specific to the situation in MD (it's not a law that other states could or would really used).